This Ski Is A Staff Favorite:
I skied the Black Pearl 88's a lot in the winter of 17-18, and in a variety of terrain, over a wide range of mountains (Jackson, Loveland, Mary Jane, Wolf Creek, etc. etc.). I appreciated the duplicitous personality of the ski - it could feel hard-charging and stiff when I let 'er rip on expanses of blue corduroy, it could feel light and poppy on a steep, soft bump run, and it could feel nimble and fresh as I joked around with my 3 year old on the bunny slopes and baby terrain parks. At 5'8", 125 pounds and an upper intermediate to low grade advanced skier, either the 166 or 159 could work for me. This winter I mostly skied the 159 as I spent a lot of my time skiing bumps and steeper terrain that necessitated shorter turns. The shorter length also helps when I'm skiing with my son.
In Depth Staff Reviews:
By: Matt M
A Blizzard of Color
The 2020 Blizzard skis lineup doesn't feature any massive changes, outside of a redesign to the Zero G backcountry ski series. There are a couple minor tweaks, like thicker wood in the Rustler 10, and a couple subtle additions, like the Brahma 82 and Black Pearl 82. But the flashiest update is the collection-wide color-pop (even the blacked-out Spur has pink sidewalls!), which includes a redesign of the crazy-popular Black Pearl's graphics.
As for that Zero G redesign, Blizzard pulled off a couple cool things. One, they dropped the weight by 20% of an already very light collection of skis. And two, they added more playfulness and more stability by employing 3D carbon, cutting some rocker, and updating the tip shape to make the skis less grabby. The ... Continue Reading
2020 Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Description:
The Black Pearl 88 is back for 2020 with the biggest change it's ever had: totally new topsheets. The rest stays the same for one of the most popular women's skis ever. Blizzard's revolutionary Carbon FlipCore W.S.D. (woman specific design) reduces the skis' weight without sacrificing performance. A layer of uni-directional carbon ensures smooth skiing in all conditions, stability, and torsional rigidity. On groomers, the skis carve quick and fast-"plenty of ex-racers love them. But off-piste and in moguls, they turn with ease and float through moderate powder. So whether you got to the Black Pearl from years of racing and finally want a fun ski or by listening to a friend who told you this is absolutely the ski you can't miss, one thing matters: you're in the right place. Similar skis: Black Crows Orb Birdie, Nordica Santa Ana 88, Elan Ripstick 86 W.
2020 Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Specs:
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